Spread the FEAR Worldwide: IRRATIONAL FEAR Artwork Contest

This summer, we start shooting our third slasher feature IRRATIONAL FEAR. In the past, we received over 100 poster art submissions for our first two slashers, Don’t Go to the Reunion & Dismembering Christmas. Now we want YOU to create the ULTIMATE Irrational Fear poster! You have until May 31st to submit your best Irrational Fear poster art. This summer, we will let the fans decide which poster they like best with the winners announced shortly thereafter. The winners will receive their artwork on either the DVD, Blu-Ray, or VHS release of the film. Send your submissions to [email protected] Make your best FEAR count!

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Slasher Studios Interview: Noah Nicholas Nelson (PROM QUEEN)

Filmmaker Noah Nicholas Nelson has been a good friend of Slasher Studios for a long time now. In addition to being an aspiring filmmaker, he has also created some amazing artwork for our upcoming film IRRATIONAL FEAR. Today we had a chance to chat with Noah about his upcoming horror film PROM QUEEN, which is currently slashing up Indiegogo.

How would you describe your history with the horror genre?

I’ve religiously watched horror since virtually the day I was born. My grandma and older brother were always devoted horror fans, so I had a huge VHS collection accessible at both my home and any time I visited my grandma’s house. One of my first cinematic experiences I remember is watching The Car (1977) with my grandma. Although classified as a thriller, I still remember it being my introduction to how cinematic wide landscapes and the use of letterbox can be and I would still credit it for influencing me seek out thrillers and genre-benders as I got older. Despite being only 17, I make it my mission each year to broaden my horizons and knowledge of cinema. Dario Argento has always been my favorite horror director since discovering Suspiria. I’m still fascinated to this day by how much effort he put into every single frame of that film. Each shot could be framed in a museum. It’s that jaw-droppingly gorgeous. Excuse me for always finding a way to incorporate my undying love for Suspiria in each interview I do. It’s tradition at this point.

What made you decide to write Prom Queen?

I’ve always had a fascination with looking through old family photos and school yearbooks. There’s something magical about finding a special memory that strikes a chord. I’ve looked through some yearbooks where people will point out “oh, s/he was very popular!” and you always sort of wonder in the back of your mind what happens to those kids who were flying high in school. This is a story of where those people are now blended into the realm of horror/thriller.

What about this story makes it stand out from the other horror movies being made today?

At its core, this is a very cat-and-mouse type film. Simplicity has been my greatest demand regarding any ideas that me or my co-writer have thought of. I’ve studied some of the storytelling techniques of classic horror/thriller films from the ’60s and ’70s, even as far back as the ’30s to tell this tale. I think keeping the story focused around this woman who feels toxic to everyone around her can create horror within itself — perhaps moreso than the villain can supply.

Tell us about our current Indiegogo campaign for Prom Queen.

The campaign was created to raise as much funds as we could to make this the best it can possibly be. There was a great chance of the film being made without the campaign, but I can certainly say that it wouldn’t be half the film it will be without the support we’ve received. There are some incredible rewards for our gracious backers, including extremely limited-edition DVDs. There is a strong chance that less than 20 DVDs will ever be produced, so this is a very rare chance to own the film on physical media.

When/where do you plan on filming?

Filming will begin in my hometown in North Carolina in the early summer. I’m keeping cast and crew as local as I can, but I can promise that this will not compromise the quality of the film. Everyone involved is working their absolute hardest to make sure that this is the best it can possibly be with the resources available.

What plans do you have for the film once filming is complete?

I plan to have a final cut ready for release by this winter. Release will primarily be VOD, but as previously mentioned, a very limited DVD run will be available.

What specifically do you want to bring to the horror genre with this film?

I want to show that low-budget horror can be thrilling and chilling with a lot of heart. Each scene in this film (excluding the death scenes, of course) is deeply personal in some way — some of which I won’t reveal the reasons — but each scene was carefully devised to reflect a time in my, my family, or my friends’ lives. I want to bring “writing what you know” to a new and frightening level.

Where can readers go to find out more?

The film has official Facebook and Twitter pages. You can also find us on IMDb and Letterboxd.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pq2017
Twitter: @pq2017
IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6502818/

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Spaced Out: LIFE (2017) Review

A small group of scientist and astronauts recover an unknown specimen on Mars and bring on board their ship. The group unwittingly bring this specimen to life and realize that it’s getting bigger and stronger and that it needs to feed on them to survive. Now they must destroy this new life before it ends up finding its way to Earth.

One of the things I enjoyed about Life is that it realizes it’s not going for original material, but it’s at least trying to bring forth a fairly different story to the table. The characters realize that the hell they’ve created is their fault, and the specimen that they call Calvin isn’t evil, but it’s doing what it needs to to survive. Nonetheless, Calvin is one evil little bugger that’s actually pretty scary. The movie gives us another new alien creature that sets it apart from others. The larger it grows, the more freaky it actually becomes, especially when you can see its face. I admit I am pretty bummed that it wasn’t as violent as it could have been, but the stuff that the alien (I can’t continue to say Calvin cause it just makes it silly), does to our characters is still pretty horrific nonetheless. I also thought had some visuals and cinematography, again, similar filming and effects were done better in similar movies, but hey, they work here. The ship itself works well as a character itself considering the characters and the alien use it to roam, hide, and hunt. As I said, it has a very familiar formula, but it works on the same level as movies similar. There is some good intensity at hand as the alien plays cat and mouse with the characters.

However, for being scientists the characters often do stupid things unfortunately. There is also some very high predictability, but I suppose it’s all in fun. The characters are very familiar and not really unique and you either like them or you don’t. Point being, they’re not that special. I wish I could say the cast was excellent, but that would be a lie. They’re definitely far from bad (though Rebecca Ferguson was extremely bland and boring), but I guess I was expecting more from Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds. Maybe had this been more of a full-blown horror/sci-fi film like Alien or something, then I’m sure they would have upped their game. But this has more of a dramatic tinge to it, which in some ways hurts it. The cast don’t exactly have the best chemistry either. In all honesty, Reynolds is basically the glue that holds them all together and brings the most life (no pun intended) to the movie. He does play his type-casted self, but he is the friend to everyone on this ship and likes to give them all shit, but he does show caring side to all of them when they’re in danger. Ariyon Bakare is probably the one who gives the “stronger” performance as he’s essentially the “Dr. Frankenstein” of the movie who primarily brings the alien to life and how the situation affects him emotionally he does well in conveying in how he essentially blames himself for putting everyone in danger.

Life is a fun and entertaining sci-fi/horror movie, it’s super flawed and nothing special, but I’d rather have entertaining and un-special horror films around than all out bad or boring ones. But it knows it’s not special, but it does what it can to be a good addition to the alien subgenre.

–Cody Landman

Home Sweet Home: HOUSE ON WILLOW STREET (2017) Review

A group of criminals abduct a young girl from her home and hold her hostage in hopes of receiving valuable jewels from her wealthy family. But as the night goes on, the group feel something isn’t right about this kidnapping and some much darker and sinister is going on.

I first remember hearing about this movie from Sharni Vinson during her Q&A at Flashback Weekend 2016. It sounded really good. Now, after finally watching it on its digital release, I have to say I was pretty satisfied. The movie isn’t groundbreaking, but I really enjoyed the direction it took. It feels like there are two movies in one. We have a kidnapping heist movie, and then we have a possession story. Each kind of have their own separate storylines at various points and they also converge really well to keep it engaging all of the way. That’s not to say it’s without the usual horror tropes (a lot of “in your face” moments), some of the jumps here are good, some not. But much of the horror comes in the form of how our characters become terrorized and tormented, their own fears/demons are used against them in pretty intense ways. The demonic scenes actually work better than many other ones that have been in bigger budget/wide released films. Hell, this is a better demonic film than many of those. We don’t have some lame drama or a family involved. We have these characters whom, despite being robbers/kidnappers, they’re not entirely bad people, and they’re not your usual cut-out criminals, they actually have some personality and character to them. Some you care about more than others for sure though.

For a low budget movie, the effects are actually pretty damn good, especially in the demonic scenes. The idea that these characters have to fight an actual demon as well as some of their own demons works really well in the script, even though I’m sure others have done it before, but in some ways, this one does it a lot better. Sharni Vinson is our lead in this movie and she’s gradually making her way in the horror circuit and she’s a very welcoming member because really delivers in everything she’s in. She has a way of really bringing a character to life and making them feel real or someone you really root for. And Willow Street isn’t any different. Her character Hazel is one who has this tough exterior, but on the inside she’s a pretty tormented person. Vinson really brings both these interior and exterior personas to the front when necessary and makes us really care about the character, it’s a role I think most actress probably couldn’t tackle, they would either show one side more than the other with no real balance. Carlyn Burchell is a newcomer who also really shines in this film as the kidnapped girl. Without giving too much away, there are many layers to this character too that are revealed as the movie goes on, and Burchell does just as great of a job as Vinson is expressing them all.

House on Willow Street is an extremely fun and pretty fresh entry to the demonic subgenre. The scares can get exhausting, but the more emotional/psychological horror that come into play works really well, and we have two outstanding female performances that help boost it. It definitely sets itself apart and above a lot of the garbage demon films we get released in theaters.

–Cody Landman

Office Killer: THE BELKO EXPERIMENT (2017) Review

A group of employees stationed at their corporate building in Colombia find themselves under lock down inside the building. They soon become horrified when a mysterious voice orders them to start killing each other. If they fail to comply, he will kill off people himself. Alliances and morals are put to the test as tensions rise along with the stakes.

The Belko Experiment doesn’t exactly boast the most original idea with the kill or be killed concept. However it is an extremely entertaining horror/thriller with some excellent intensity and black humor thrown in. In some ways, the plot itself has some black humor to it. You can’t deny that there’s employees at your job that you think to tell yourself “god I could kill them.” That idea is obviously presented here. The employees are forced to kill their co-workers. Sadly, there weren’t exactly any characters who were wanting to jump at the opportunity to kill someone they work with. All of the characters like each other just fine. Except for the office pervert/creeper and the woman he’s pretty obsessed with. In some instances it’s also a pretty interesting character study. When we first meet these characters they feel familiar and for the most part likable (except for this Selena Gomez look a like who spends the majority of the moving hiding and crying, and obviously the pervy guy). But when the plot gets going, you begin to see some of these characters change for the worst. Some want to comply by the voice’s rules in order to get out, and some refuse because they simply just don’t want to kill people. The setting of the company is used very well in that we see the characters moving from different levels and locations as opposed to being just in one spot the whole time. This helps a lot towards the end of the movie when a huge cats and mice chase scene occurs between the two opposing parties.

I’d be lying if I said there weren’t very intense sequences in the film that had me on edge. A lot of this has to do with the brilliant direction of Greg McLean, and the actors involved really pull of their fear in these scenes. In said chase scene, you get this Spanish version of California Dreaming playing at a very loud level. This is actually a very great touch that makes scene twice as intense and maddening, and the choice of adding red tint to the scene was also a great touch. Easily the best part of the film. However, once the film gets around the final act, it’s all very rushed, and you can really guess how the ending is going to be. Then there’s a final reveal that gives an explanation to the events, but it’s very cheesy and kind of lame. And the final scene was most frustrating because it was really the exact same ending I’ve seen in another “kill or be killed” horror film. But as mentioned above, a lot of the emotions that you feel from the movie are the solid performances from the actors.

John Gallagher, Jr. is our leading male here, and after his pretty solid breakthrough performance in 10 Cloverfield Lane, we see him get to shine as the lead. And he definitely proves he has leading male material. He brings a lot of realism to the character by not making him out to be some tough guy, but a caring guy who is thrown in a shitty situation and now has to decide where his stance is when it come to killing. And Gallagher nails this. Tony Goldwyn also does an excellent job as the head of the team. What’s interesting about his character is how you think he’s going to be the tough guy who will try get everyone out, but it goes in a different direction. Goldwyn does extremely well with the part and comes off as very intimidating at times. John C. McGinley is really brings on the creep factor as the office pervert who really sets his eye on his prey (Gallagher’s characters girlfriend), and he can play creepy really well. We also have Sean Gunn (mostly known for his role as Kirk on Gilmore Girls) who provides the more comedic moments in the film. I could say something about every single actor in the cast, and everything would be positive. Even those with the very small parts do well with their roles.

While it may not have the freshest story, and some weak script points, The Belko Experiment does succeed in entertaining with its intensity, characters, dark humor, performances, and its jabs at office relations.

–Cody Landman

Sinister & Sweet: THE DEVIL’S CANDY (2017) Review

A struggling painter and metal fan moves his wife and daughter (also a metal fan) to a country house. They learn right away that a couple had died in the house prior. But eventually the father begins to hear demonic voices that influence him to paint some sinister artwork. Not only this but they have a past resident of the house who also hears voices that is back to continue his work and take his house back.

The Devil’s Candy sounds like a basic possession/haunted house film. In some moments it comes off as Amityville Horror-ish. But really that’s only because of the simple formula of the moving into the house and the father hearing voices. That’s it. What sets this movie apart from others is that it doesn’t focus on paranormal or supernatural happenings. Instead it focuses on the characters. We see the affects of the voices on the father and the son of the previous dead owners. The voice of demon is enough to give you the chills. But what the movie does is really keeping you engaged in seeing how everything will play out, how these paintings the father is doing will come into play, and what deadly acts the son (who develops an obsession with the teen daughter) will go. I will say though that I feel this movie could have been at least longer. It’s an hour and eighteen minutes long including credits. I felt that there was so much more they could have provided into the script to make things more drawn out, and in all honesty, more clear. For me personally, what I loved about this movie was how stylish and visually great it was. In some cases it was CGI used right, perfectly, and was warranted. The score also goes hand-in-hand with this. It also has a subplot in which playing heavy metal music on a guitar helps keep the voices at bay, and without the music is when all hell (pun possibly intended) breaks lose. But the use of the visuals and score is so damn trippy and psychedelic that it puts Rob Zombie’s The Lords of Salem to shame in how much better it was used here. We also have well-done performances by the cast.

Ethan Embry stars as the father who really has the heavy metal fan look going on. And despite his intense appearance, he really displays his love and care for his family, and he does a great job of showing the struggle between his obsession with finishing his paintings (and listening to the voices) while also wanting to protect his family. Shiri Appleby (whom I’ve never really been a fan of) really impressed me here. She doesn’t overdo the mom/wife role like most actresses do and make it over-dramatic. She comes off as if she’s really playing a mom in how she behaves, her interactions with her husband and daughter, and then play the defensive mama bear when appropriate. Kiara Glasco plays their daughter and the newcomer really impresses in her role. What she impressed me the most of is how she portrays her fear. Which was excellent. But really, all three of these actors played their respective roles in the most realistic way I’ve seen in a long time in a horror film. More often than not, they’re all the same and over-dramatized. This family feels real, and it’s really all thanks to the three actors. Besides the family there is Pruitt Taylor Vince as the creepy man who also hears the voices. Except this guy isn’t very friendly at all. There’s not much to say about Vince here because every role he plays is the creepy guy, and like those roles he does well with this one too.

The Devil’s Candy is a visually and audibly and stylistically stunning horror movie with some freshness provided to the haunted house/possession genre. The performances are great, but I do wish the script was improved on more to make it feel more complete and have more story given on the demon and music connected to it.

–Cody Landman

New IRRATIONAL FEAR Posters & Casting Announcements

It’s been a busy few weeks for Slasher Studios as we dig into preproduction on our latest slasher feature, IRRATIONAL FEAR. Teaming up with L.A. Horror on this project, we are set to shoot this summer and we have a lot of killer news for you. First, we’d like to share the two awesome new posters created by fellow filmmaker and Slasher Studios friend Noah Nicholas Nelson. Thanks Noah for the incredible art! Secondly, we have a slew of new casting announcements to share with you slasher friends.

Kaleb Shorey will be joining the cast in the role of Jake in Irrational Fear. Jake has a fear of germs but will this fear be the death of him? You’ll have to watch to find out! Welcome back to the Slasher Studios family, Kaleb!

Stephanie Wolff will be playing the role of Julie in Irrational Fear. Stephanie is a huge horror fan (as seen here with the legendary Sid Haig) and is going to bring her charm to the role of Julie. Welcome to the Slasher Studios team, Stephanie!

Cati Glidewell will be playing the role of the waterphobic Helen in our upcoming horror feature. This is Cati’s very first starring role so make sure to give her one killer welcome!

Up-and-coming horror Scream Queen Jenn Nangle will be playing the role of Kelly in Irrational Fear. Welcome to the horror family Jenn, we know you are going to kill in this role!

Tom McCarthy will be playing the role of Nate in our new slasher feature. Jake’s (Kaleb Shorey) father, Nate is an upper-class businessman who is trying to reconnect with his son and get over his own fears. Welcome to the Irrational Fear family, Tom!

Did you miss out on our IRRATIONAL FEAR Kickstarter? Still want to claim some KILLER perks? We are now expanding several of the perk rewards here on Slasher Studios. All money raised will go directly into the filming of IRRATIONAL FEAR. Support indie horror and pick up some killer rewards!

REWARDS AVAILABLE:
Donate $10 (or more): Receive a special link to view the film early & social media shout out!
Donate $25 (or more): Special link to view the film early, social media shout out, & your name in the credits!
Donate $30 (or more): All of the above & IRRATIONAL FEAR on DVD.
Donate $40 (or more): All of the above with IRRATIONAL FEAR on Limited Edition Blu-Ray instead of DVD.
Donate $75 (or more): All of the above (DVD or Bluray) & Slasher Studios two previous films on DVD.

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Slasher Studios Horror Podcast: New Episodes Now Streaming

Ready for another killer round of episodes from our exclusive Slasher Studios Horror Podcast? Check out our latest episodes below and make sure to like the page on Facebook as well as subscribe on Blogtalkradio so you never have to worry about missing a few episode again!

Slasher Studios Horror Podcast: Technology Horror Movies
On the second half of our horror double feature, our hosts Kevin Sommerfield and Andrew Beirl tune in to their favorite technology driven horror movies. Get connected or get killed. The fun begins ONLINE.

Slasher Studios Horror Podcast: All About the FEARS
On a brand new Slasher Studios Horror Podcast, our hosts Kevin Sommerfield and Andrew Beirl will be discussing their greatest fears in preparation for the newest film from Slasher Studios: IRRATIONAL FEAR. Make sure to listen in to find out what killer fears make their list!

Slasher Studios Horror Podcast: The Future of Friday the 13th
On a brand new Slasher Studios Horror Podcast, hosts Kevin Sommerfield & Andrew Beirl discuss the future of the Friday the 13th series including a retrospective of the series as a whole. Where do we go from here? Listen to the latest episode and find out!

Second Opinion: SPLIT (2017) Review

About a week and a half ago I watched “Split (2017)” in theaters with my sister. This movie is directed by M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense). The cast includes James McAvoy (X-Men: First Class), Anya Taylor-Joy (The VVitch), Betty Buckley (Carrie), Haley Lu Richardson (The Edge of Seventeen) and Jessica Sula (Skins). I was excited about this movie ever since I saw the trailer for the first time in theaters during previews. I am familiar with the work of Shyamalan, but so far I had only seen After Earth and I heavily disliked that movie. I definitely need to start watching more of his older work soon. Split was met with terrific reviews from critics and audiences alike. It wouldn’t come as a huge surprise that I ended up loving this movie as well.

Split is one of those films where a lot of things just work. The storyline is fresh, original and full of unexpected twists. The acting performances are top notch. James McAvoy easily delivers his best performance to date and does a fine job by making you feel uneasy with his multiple character portrayals. Anya Taylor-Joy is an absolute trailblazer in this movie. I have yet to watch The VVitch and Morgan, but I can see this being a career defining performance for Taylor-Joy. Her scenes with McAvoy’s multiple personalities were hands down the best scenes. Betty Buckley was tremendous every second and her character offers more insight into the movie. Haley Lu Richardson and Jessica Sula were both impactful during their limited amount of screen time. Shyamalan did outstanding in the writing and directing department. This movie revolved so much around character development and I think 50/50 of that aspect succeeded. I wish more of Kevin’s 23 distinct personalities would’ve “come to the light”.

The back and forth between present and past was a nice touch though and made the story more authentic. I took this movie very seriously unlike most audience members that misinterpreted things and started laughing about a mental disorder. The twist ending came out of nowhere and has left me with some homework to do. Split is a disturbing psychological horror with a message. Highly recommended!

–Ferdi Akkulak

Slasher Sale: DISMEMBERING CHRISTMAS DVD & Limited Edition VHS

Who says you can’t celebrate holiday horror all year round? If you love holiday horror, Slasher Studios’ Dismembering Christmas is the movie for you. A tribute to the glory days of holiday horror, Dismembering Christmas can best be described as Friday the 13th meets Black Christmas. Have you ever wanted a Friday the 13th set in the winter? Well..so did Slasher Studios and that’s why they created this movie just for you. Practical effects from beginning to end, likable characters, and a kick ass final girl…what more could you want in a slasher?

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PLOT:
It was supposed to be a holiday vacation they would never forget, not a holiday vacation they would never survive. When Mark and his friends go up to his fathers new vacation home for Christmas vacation, they were ready for a fun time. Out in the middle of nowhere, the house is cheerfully decorated for Christmas. But an unknown visitor is there, and one by one they are murdered. Its Christmas and not a creature is stirring except the killer in the house…

DVD EXTRAS:
Audio commentary with Actor/Director Austin Bosley
Audio commentary with Writer/Producer Kevin Sommerfield
Bloopers
Fly on the Set: Making Of Dismembering Christmas
Theatrical Trailer
Teaser Trailer

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